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I'm confused. How the feck is Qatar in the North and Central Americas Cup? Brown envelopes again?
Invitation. Japan have been invited to the Copa America a couple of times too.
 

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I'm confused. How the feck is Qatar in the North and Central Americas Cup? Brown envelopes again?
Teams get invited

Same with Copa America, Qatar had actually been invited along with Australia to this years but pulled out due to COVID
 

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this afternoons game with Canada should be fun. Unfortunate US brought B-/C+ team to the tournament and Canada is missing Davies and David.

Qatar Airways is the official partner, i.e., paying the big dollars and probably the reason Qatar are in the tournament.
They do not need to qualify for WC, so are here for competitive game experience.
 

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https://www.sportingnews.com/us/soc...oncacaf-tournament/1fj0s37ancy801xmumqe4d0wwy

Article says Qatar will return in 2023 as part of a partnership agreement. Will this see Mexico and/or US in some sort of future tournament over there (World Cup aside)?
The US going would be a political hot potato. There has already been some grumbling by folks saying we should boycott WC22 ( U.S coach Gregg Berhalter doubts World Cup boycott would be effective (espn.com) ).
 

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Well that’s a good start
 

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I am shocked GB put out this lineup. It is exactly what I wanted to see.
 

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Tough one but I don’t think it’s a pen since the first foul was on the Canadian player. As I type this Dr Joe agrees, so here comes a pen.
 

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And with Zimmerman going down that means there is at most one (Dike) player in the field for the US who has a chance to start a WCQ.

really wish we had called in some of our best players.
 

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You lose Zimmerman, and we lose Akinola. Fair trade?
Ha! No. You still have Larin and our 3(!) CB’s have a combined like 5 caps.
 

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Ha! No. You still have Larin and our 3(!) CB’s have a combined like 5 caps.
I was responding to the WCQ prospects. The Gold Cup would be a different matter, though with that said, Akinola's tournament is most likely over.
 

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I was responding to the WCQ prospects. The Gold Cup would be a different matter, though with that said, Akinola's tournament is most likely over.
Ah, got it. How many of this starting 11 for Canada would you consider part of your best 11?
 

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Ah, got it. How many of this starting 11 for Canada would you consider part of your best 11?
Half of them. Laryea, Johnston, Vitoria, Hoilett/Osorio (depending on the team), and Larin are definitely in our strongest team.
 

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Very nice of them to change the knockout group winners vs runners up format just to make sure Mexico and USA avoid each other in the QFs.
 

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Very nice of them to change the knockout group winners vs runners up format just to make sure Mexico and USA avoid each other in the QFs.
Ultimately, it's all about money. CONCACAF cannot afford to not have at least one of Mexico or The USA in the final. Preferably, both of course.
 

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Canada has gained more control of the match as the half has progressed, but the U.S. is tough to breach when they're set in their shape. We're missing Eustaquio's creativity and incision that a 2nd striker would offer us. Buchanan and Laryea have been less influential after we changed our formation due to Akinola's injury, but I'm hoping that we up our tempo in the 2nd half. We have nothing to lose at this point.
 

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Canada has gained more control of the match as the half has progressed, but the U.S. is tough to breach when they're set in their shape. We're missing Eustaquio's creativity and incision that a 2nd striker would offer us. Buchanan and Laryea have been less influential after we changed our formation due to Akinola's injury, but I'm hoping that we up our tempo in the 2nd half. We have nothing to lose at this point.
If Dike and Zardes are not going to press then GB needs to consider a formation change. We are a man short in the midfield with 2 strikers and it is showing.
 

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If Dike and Zardes are not going to press then GB needs to consider a formation change. We are a man short in the midfield with 2 strikers and it is showing.
To be fair, your defence has done a good job in preventing us from getting a good look at your goal, but even that's becoming more difficult for the U.S. defence.
 

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To be fair, your defence has done a good job in preventing us from getting a good look at your goal, but even that's becoming more difficult for the U.S. defence.
before Zimmerman’s injury Sands was roving front of the back 2 and cuttingout a lot of your entry passes. Since Zimmerman went out it looks like Sands is staying closer to home and our MF is showing gaps. That is allowing Canada to easily get up the field.
 

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before Zimmerman’s injury Sands was roving front of the back 2 and cuttingout a lot of your entry passes. Since Zimmerman went out it looks like Sands is staying closer to home and our MF is showing gaps. That is allowing Canada to easily get up the field.
Yeah, that's definitely a concern for you guys, though I'd also add that Larin's dragging your defenders around and compelling you guys to drop back more as a result.
 

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Yeah, that's definitely a concern for you guys, though I'd also add that Larin's dragging your defenders around and compelling you guys to drop back more as a result.
Yeah, so no changes. :(
 

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Yeah, and that's been good for us so far. Berhalter needs to bring in a 3rd midfielder to shore things up.
I think Twellman is reading the caf, he just stole my analysis :wenger:
 

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Crap. No good for Canada.
 

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The lack of any tactical adjustments by GB is criminal.
 

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Yup, the U.S. can't counter anymore. They have to get a 3rd midfielder in to pick up the ball and allow them to keep possession.
 

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Yup, the U.S. can't counter anymore. They have to get a 3rd midfielder in to pick up the ball and allow them to keep possession.
Hey Gregg, the entire us midfield looks completely gassed. I mean, no shit you dumbass, you have them covering 80% of the field with no support . He is so lacking with in game management.
 

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Oh feck. Here comes Yuell. You’re welcome Canada.
 

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not deserved, but I’ll take it